The media beclowned itself, again, in its coverage of President Donald Trump’s Mt. Rushmore speech.
They dubbed it dark, divisive and other disparaging words, ignoring the content of the actual speech. Par for the press course in the Age of Trump, alas, but to see it spread to the Associated Press is to realize the unconventional president broke journalism.
There’s no other comfy way to say it.
Trump’s speech offered some timely bromides about our Cancel Culture age, proving anew he’s more brave than the vast majority of both Republicans and Democrats on the issue.
“There is a new far-left fascism that demands absolute allegiance. If you do not speak its language, perform its rituals, recite its mantras, and follow its commandments, then you will be censored, banished, blacklisted, persecuted, and punished,” said Trump.
“Make no mistake, this left-wing cultural revolution is designed to overthrow the American Revolution,” said Trump, who remarked that radicals were “determined to tear down every statue, symbol, and memory of our national heritage” to get the job done.
“We want free and open debate, not speech codes and cancel culture. We embrace tolerance, not prejudice,” said Trump, also commenting that those seeking to erase our shared heritage don’t want to better America, but to end America.
Trump said what needed to be said, even if that sad fact speaks volumes about America in 2020.
So how did Celebrity Nation respond to the speech? Singer Neil Young savaged Team Trump for using his songs during the ceremony, part of a long-standing practice where artists recoil over Republicans sharing their music.
It seems a president championing “Rockin’ in the Free World” is now off limits. In a way, that’s not a surprise.
Otherwise, the assembled left-wing stars were mostly silent. That’s odd, since celebrities routinely slam, hassle or attack Trump whenever he makes a major speech.
Not this time. Why?
Hollywood has been remarkably silent during the current Soviet-style cultural purge. When statues fell at the hands of violent radicals, celebrities stayed mostly mum.
Ben Stiller yukked that the Teddy Roosevelt statue at the American Museum of Natural History in New York should be replaced by one for late comedian Robin Williams, who played the president in Stiller’s “Night at the Museum” franchise.
Otherwise, actors, singers and the like haven’t spoken out in favor of preserving history, protecting professors fired for speaking their minds or related issues.
When actor Dean Cain, a rare conservative star, critiqued Cancel Culture the media rallied against him on an erroneous technicality. The message was clear: Speak out against the Soviet-style thought police, and we’ll punish you.
Most remain silent.
It’s the opposite of the industry’s approach to the Blacklist of yore. Stars have rightly condemned the McCarthy-era blacklist period, where artists were threatened with jail for either supporting or appearing to support Communism.
Among the projects forged in the Hollywood fires in recent years include:
- “Trumbo” (documentary)
- “Trumbo” (feature film)
- “Good Night, and Good Luck”
- “Yoo Hoo, Mrs. Goldberg”
- “Guilty By Suspicion”
- “The Majestic”
That’s not to cheer on Communism, mind you, but Americans retain the right to hold any political ideology they choose.
For now, that is.